RT 89A Arizona

Trip Start Sep 05, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

I left Scottsdale this morning around 9am after a much needed rest and relaxation. I got to do some shopping, had great company, good things to eat, and saw some of the Phoenix desert area.
My travels started North on Hgwy 17 because my plans were to see the bottom rim of the Grand Canyon. On the way I saw a sign for Montezuma Castle National Monument so I took the exit and glad I did.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is a ancient dwellings. It is a 5 story structure built into cliff about 70 feet from the ground. The people who once lived there were the Sinagua Indians more then 600 years ago.
The brochure I got from the visitors center mentioned Tuzigoot National Monument. So off I went to visit that also.
Tuzigoot National Monument is the largest and best-preserved Sinagua pueblo ruins in the Verde Valley. To see these places where these people lived and read how they lived was really cool. These are 2 must stops if you are ever traveling Hgwy. 17 in Arizona.
After my visit to Tuzigoot National Monument, it was suggested to me to go up route 89A through Sedona and up to Flagstaff.  People always told me that Arizona was all desert, but I found out differently.
I began Route 89A in Cottonwood, Arizona and it took me to Sedona and the Red Rock Country which is part of the Coconino National Forest. Every way you looked you saw these beautiful Red Rock mountains.
After passing the city of Sedona, the landscape turns in to green pine forest with winding roads that take you up and down the mountains.This route is one of the most amazing scenic routes in Arizona that needs to be seen if you are ever in this area.
By time I got into Flagstaff it was raining and storming and the temperature had fallen to 55 degrees, so the Grand Canyon was scratched for today. I will go there tomorrow and then head into Colorado.
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silkyapril on

What you missed.
Montezuma Castle is worth seeing. So is Montezuma Well, one exit to the north. A better hike, but not at all difficult, and much more diverse with flowing water and some interesting ruins. Nearby is V-V ('vee-bar-vee') Ranch. Unique petroglyphs including a calendar wall are just a short, easy hike from the parking area.
Sedona is deservedly famous. I love the place. As often as I've been there, I've never failed to find something new to see.

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